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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA -- After more than 50 years in broadcasting, John Wilson says he is ready to step away from the anchor desk, the daily grind of news reporting -- and even watching newscasts. "My wife, Mar...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Anyone who has been passed over for a promotion certainly can identify with Dave Martinez, the Rays' longtime bench coach who is not among the final three candidates to replace Joe M...

 

TAMPA -- The battle for the Cuban charter flight business out of Tampa International Airport has landed in federal court, exposing what U.S. citizens must pay the secretive Cuban government for use of...

 

Ohio State finally took control of its game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State. As usual, the only time the Seminoles were in control against Boston Colleg...

 

CHICAGO -- Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson is a wanted man. In fact, he might be one of the most wanted men in the NFL. And the list of those that covet him is only expected to grow. About a half-...

 

3Keys to Victory CLEAN UP YOUR ACT Sure, the Bucs won last week. But they did so despite committing many of the same mistakes that buried them in the 2-8 hole they find themselves in. For example, Tam...

 

TAMPA -- The electrifying Lightning offense heard the challenge of the coaching staff early Saturday morning - take care of your own net first. By the time the buzzer ended and Tampa Bay snapped a two...

 

TAMPA -- Mark Barberio has been there, done that when it comes to sitting out long stretches of games before getting into the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup. Last season, Barberio appeared in just eight o...

 

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as ...

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Saturday's loss to Memphis guaranteed that South Florida will miss the postseason after a fourth straight losing season. Though Bulls coach Willie Taggart was disappointed with not h...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

Little C.J.s mother couldnt be found in time for his second birthday.

 

Horses at a Davie boarding farm and riding school, worth thousands of dollars, are dying one by one. The apparent culprit: Tainted feed.

 

When asked during the adoption hearing for her 2-year-old nephew Tijwuan why she wants to take on the boy, 23-year-old Theara Edwards answered, "Because I love him dearly and I want him all to my...

 

A woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a car in Lauderhill on Saturday afternoon, according to a fire-rescue official.

 

Jillian Pim said she hasn't had a bite to eat since police cited Arnold Abbott three weeks ago for feeding the homeless at Stranahan Park.

 

From a conference room on the third floor at work, Danny Haughton sees it happen. He doesn't know the men and women who park in the vacant lot across the street, but he knows they're about to be towed...

 

A homeless man was taken to the hospital early Thursday after he was found lying injured on a road in Deerfield Beach.

 

A 43-year-old man is accused of having sex with a teenage girl and providing her as a prostitute for other men.

 

It seems Cooper City was the most recent stop on Trevor D. Thornton's nationwide trajectory of deceived, scorned and ripped-off women, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

 

The old bingo hall on State Road 7 in Hollywood can claim more historical significance than virtually any building in Broward County.

 
 

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